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    The Cincinnati Bengals don't play rookies.

    That's one of the bigger myths that has followed the team in the Marvin Lewis era. The team has a reputation for essentially "redshirting" its rookies,Authentic Zane Gonzalez Jersey, giving them more time to develop in favor of letting veterans who know the system play.

    Lewis would argue the opposite.

    "Now,Authentic Chidobe Awuzie Jersey, get young players involved when we can, some people would argue it ... but we try to get the young players [involved],Authentic Jourdan Lewis Jersey," the Bengals coach said at the end of last season. "But, to me, it's got to be a competitive thing, that's been part of our thing, and it's got to be, 'What does he know, what does he not know?' "

    So what does this mean for the Bengals' most exciting additions,Howard Wilson Jersey,Zane Gonzalez Jersey, running back Joe Mixon and receiver John Ross?

    history suggests they probably will play,Authentic Taco CharltonJersey ,As long as they can answer Lewis' question satisfactorily,Taco Charlton Jersey ,Chidobe Awuzie Jersey,Jourdan Lewis Jersey , and play quite a lot.

    The Bengals' offensive rookies led all teams in snaps in 2011 and finished fifth in 2012. With the exception of 2015 (26th in offensive snaps), they have finished in the top half of the NFL in snaps every season since 2011.

    The defensive rookies have been another story.

    The Bengals drafted 10 offensive players and 10 defensive players in the first three rounds from 2011 to '16, but the playing time was different by a startling amount.

    In that time period, with the exception coming in 2012, the Bengals' defensive rookies have finished 31st or last in snaps four times, when they ranked 14th. Of the nine rookies who saw significant playing time in Year 1, only one was on defense: undrafted linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

    Burfict was considered a first-round talent who fell out of the draft because of character concerns. But he was one of the few players to make a long-term impression on Lewis in rookie minicamp. Another was former Ravens great Ray Lewis, who played for Marvin Lewis when he was Baltimore's defensive coordinator.

    "I've been fortunate to have two or three that have done it. One played for about 15 years and won a couple of Super Bowls," Marvin Lewis said in May of players who impressed him during rookie minicamp. "And I thought Vontaze Burfict did the same thing in his time here."

    Neither Mixon nor Ross was able to make that same impression early. Ross has not yet participated in practice due to a mixture of school obligations and recovery from offseason surgery. Lewis said Mixon needed to get back into shape following minicamp.